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Groups offer awards for essays on the importance of voting

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Students in grades 9-12 in Clatsop and Pacific Counties are invited to submit an original personal essay to win cash prizes from two local groups.

The contest is a nonpartisan Vote the Future project of Indivisible North Coast Oregon and the American Association of University Women.

The essays, on the topic “Why I Will Always Vote,” should be no more than 500 words, double-spaced with 12-point font.

A cover page should include the title, student name, age, grade, school, email address, and phone number.

Essays are due by Monday, Oct. 7. Submit via email to

Winners will be announced at the end of October. Complete rules are at

First prize is $250; second prize is $150; and third prize is $100.

Last year’s winners were from Naselle-Grays River Valley School and Astoria High School.

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